We begin with a 15 minute ferry ride across the bay from the San Diego Convention Center to Coronado Island. On the Island we take the bayside bike path under the Coronado Bridge and along the Coronado Golf Course before cruising pristine Coronado Beach, historic Hotel Del Coronado and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, home to SEAL Team 6.
We return across the Bay to the center of San Diego’s waterfront, the Broadway Pier. There we’ll see the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the USS Midway Museum and what remains of San Diego’s historic tuna fishing fleet. In nearby Gaslamp Quarter we’ll visit San Diego’s nightlife hub and in neighboring PetCo Park the home of the San Diego Padres.
Next up, the always popular Balboa Park, centerpiece of iconic San Diego with museums, gardens, fountains, and theaters in Spanish Colonial architecture. Leaving the Park for Banker’s Hill we’ll discover the bridges that knit the neighborhood together circa 1920's. Finally, down into Little Italy and its current resurgence as a Mediterranean fishing village gone upscale.
What to Expect:
This is an overall easy ride through some of the most popular areas of San Diego. With scenery ranging from rich and historic to expansive and spectacular. A small climb from Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park (200 ft in two miles) is the longest on the route and it’s usually interrupted by traffic signals which make it quite doable. We cross train tracks several times and walk across two foot bridges and share bike paths with pedestrians in several places. Road surfaces are generally good condition. This route is recommended for novice or experienced riders looking to transit the iconic and the quaint. We typically stop at a local coffee roaster in Little Italy near the end of the ride.
San Diego waterfront, ferry ride to Coronado (15 minutes), SD/Coronado Bay Bridge, Glorieta Bay, Coronado Business District and residential neighborhoods, Coronado Beach, Hotel Del Coronado, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, ferry ride to San Diego (15 minutes), San Diego waterfront (part 2) Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, a moderate climb into Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, a fun descent into Little Italy.
The start time for this ride must be coordinated with the ferry schedule. An early to mid morning start works well for this purpose. We can stop in Coronado, Balboa Park or Little Italy for coffee or a bite to eat. We will stop along the route for water and restrooms as needed. Variations to the route are possible to shorten it as needed.